Proof that consumer demand affects change at the grocery store!

It’s been over 5 years since I’ve grabbed a last-minute snack in the check-out lane at the grocrey store because there really are no options that I can eat (or would even want to eat for that matter). The candy bars that used to call my name as I unloaded my groceries no longer even register in my mind as “food.” I really don’t even notice them anymore.

But the goodies in the check-out lane pictured here sure did catch my attention recently, so I thought I’d share! Click the photo to enlarge for a better view! (If you live in Omaha, NE….this selection was spotted at the Hy-Vee store on 132nd & Dodge Street.)

This check-out lane features none of the typical candy bars and chewing gum varieties. Instead, a selection of nuts, trail mix, fruit leathers, granola bars and Larabars greets shoppers here. (Not to say that all of these are perfect options, either, but it’s definitely a start!) And, yes, that is FRESH FRUIT you see in the bins at the top! Wild, huh? Something I can actually eat!

I first spotted this delightful check-out lane about 5 or 6 months ago. And, when I inquired (because, of course, I did!), I was told that it was something new they were “trying out” at this Hy-Vee location. It’s just in the one check-out lane (for now), but at least they are doing something! And the fact that this display is still standing all these months later…well, hopefully that means something, as well!!

What changes have you noticed that indicate some things are heading in the right direction with our food situation these days? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below! Or if you have pictures or other details you’d prefer to send in, please email us! We’d love to add your ideas to this article!

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4 thoughts on “Proof that consumer demand affects change at the grocery store!

  1. I’m going to have to visit that HyVee – it appears that store “gets it!” And that IS exciting!!

    • They generally have MANY “wild caught” options in their fresh fish case at that location, as well 🙂 Last time I was there (a couple weeks ago) they had at least 4 varieties of ORGANIC apples, too…and Whole Foods had 0-1 🙂

  2. I noticed the same thing at the Shadow Lake Hy-Vee. As much as many of us love to loathe Walmart, I was there this weekend after a long hiatus. I went to the one in La Vista and I was pleasantly surprised at how many organic choices and brands they have added..

    • Awesome! That’s so great to hear 🙂 Many other stores have really increased their organic selections, as well. That Hy-Vee on 132 & Dodge, for instance has a wide variety of organic apples, etc. – even when Whole Foods doesn’t!

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